The performance of the eight Antonine marches in the City Hall of Famalicão has already begun. Half of the groups have already performed in front of a jury that will evaluate the choreography, costumes, music and lyrics, but also compliance with times when entering and leaving the stage and in the performance.
The first to exhibit the work he developed for months was the march of S. Cosme do Vale, which is new to these works and brought “As Vindimas” to the stage. In green and purple, the group made up of more than a hundred elements confessed that the first objective of participating, fun, “was fulfilled”.
This march was followed by that of the Casa do Povo de Ruivães, which, through the voice of the choreographer António Carneiro, highlighted the “contagious joy” transmitted to the people.
Last year’s winning march, from the Salvador da Lagoa Association, has been working since February so that on Monday night nothing fails on the stage. At the end of the performance, Isabel Ribeiro made a positive assessment of the performance, since “everything went as rehearsed”.
Almost all groups have more than 100 elements. The march of the Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Antas (ARCA) is no exception, and left no detail to chance. With arches that are vines and dressed in yellow, red and green, ARCA dedicated itself to the theme “Wine and traditions”, in a work that began in October. “After the first meeting I started working”, said Laurindo Carneiro, responsible for the march, defending that the quality has increased. “It’s up for grabs”, he says, emphasizing that no detail was left to chance, “not even the costumes of the band members”.
The Antonine marches are one of the highlights of the festivities in the municipality of Famalicão, which end tomorrow with a mass in honor of Santo António, distribution of Bento Bread and a procession.